Businessman Sean Borg has some good advice for small businesses who want to do business in the retail world: Start with GS1 Australia .
According to Sean, GS1 Australia helps businesses get the right barcode, making sure it is the right size and the right type of barcode. He adds that bigger retailers insist on a GS1 Australia Barcode Verification Report stating that the barcode will scan correctly at the checkout.
Sean is the ultimate small business success story, taking the leap into retailing at breakneck speed with just 24 hours to get the right barcode in place on his product before he presented it to Woolworths.
Operating a cleaning business on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Sean liked to use natural products as far as possible and found that eucalyptus essential oil could be used to clean ink and stamp marks off bank teller counters. The eucalyptus cleaner was also effective in getting rid of midgies and fleas.
Though he had a great product, he had no time to market it. He sold his business and returned to Sydney where he made his product in his garden shed and went selling it door-to-door.
When Woolworths agreed to take his product, they also wanted to see his GS1 barcode. Sean had only 24 hours to get one on his product.
Sean appreciates the assistance he received from GS1 Australia. He got his barcode online after speaking with a professional consultant from GS1 and within 24 hours, he had the correct barcode on his product and a GS1 Verification Report for Woolworths.
GS1 Australia also put him in touch with a printer so that he could print barcode labels for his product. Sean advises businessmen to go directly to GS1 Australia for help with their barcodes.